Chillin’ in Portland

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Got your 2010 calendar up yet? Circle Jan.28-30. Those are the dates for the Portland Harbor Hotel Annual Ice Bar.

Never been? The wear-your-woolies event is just as it sounds. Executive Chef Ear Morse transforms the hotel’s courtyard into a lounge with bars sculpted from more than 18,000 pounds of ice (that’s nearly three times the amount of hard water than last year).

Belly up (okay, you might want a layer or two of down on that belly) to the bar and order specialty martinis, wine, local beers. Then chill (literally and figuratively), while nibbling on complimentary hors d’oeuvres and listening to light entertainment.

Morse know his way around the cubes. He’s won two bronze medals in the the World Ice Sculpting Championships and a gold in the European Ice Championships.

The Ice Bar is open from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., and admission is by a $10 donation which supports the Center for Grieving Children, Share Our Strength, and Junior Achievement.